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This November, Rizzoli will release THE LANGUAGE OF TOWNS & CITIES by Dhiru Thadani.
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This November, Rizzoli will release THE LANGUAGE OF TOWNS & CITIES: A VISUAL DICTIONARY by Dhiru Thadani.  Thadani has been an important part of the New Urbanism movement since the beginning, and has now produced the final word on the language of urban planning and design.

Everyday words such as "avenue," "boulevard," "park," and "district"are used with a great variety of meanings, causing confusion among citizens, city officials, and other decision-makers when trying to design viable neighborhoods, towns, and cities. This magnificent volume is the result of more than a decade of research and writing in an effort to ameliorate this situation. With a foreword by Léon Krier, an introduction by Andrés Duany, and contributions by many other leading experts in the field, this volume is abundantly illustrated with over 2,500 photographs, drawings, and charts.  THE LANGUAGE OF TOWNS & CITIES is both a richly detailed glossary of more than seven hundred words and terms commonly used in architecture and urban planning, and a compendium of great visual interest.

“Dhiru Thadani’s encyclodictionary allows the professional and the layman easy access to a vast source of ideas, materials, and methods until now dispersed in innumerable pamphlets, treatises, and books.” — Léon Krier New Urbanism has withstood the test of time for three decades, proving more resilient than a majority of the other planning propositions of the past century, and Dhiru Thadani has been key in keeping the movement alive and relevant since the beginning. Although his contributions to urban planning and the New Urbanism movement have been indispensable, the release of THE LANGUAGE OF TOWNS & CITIES may prove to be his most important contribution to a long list of significant achievements. This magnificent volume is the final word on the language of urban planning. It clarifies the confusion that results from the lack of a common language to discuss urban design, and will prove an essential resource for citizens, city officials, and other decision-makers as they attempt to successfully design the neighborhoods, towns, and cities of the future, and overcome the disastrous failures of the past.

Over a decade in the making, this landmark publication is meticulously researched and extensively illustrated with photographs, drawings, and charts, and includes a detailed glossary of more than seven hundred words and terms commonly used in architecture and urban planning. From “A” and “B” streets to Zero Lot and Zeitgeist, THE LANGUAGE OF TOWNS & CITIES is at once comprehensive and accessible.

An essential work for architects, urban planners, and students of design, THE LANGUAGE OF TOWNS & CITIES is destined to become a classic in its field. ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Dhiru A. Thadani is a practicing architect and teacher who has worked in North and South America, Europe, and Asia, in urban design, town planning, architectural design, landscape design, and construction management. Léon Krier is a renowned architect who has taught architecture and town planning at the Royal College of Art (London), Princeton University, Yale University, and the University of Virginia. Andrés Duany is one of America’s most influential architects and town planners.

THE LANGUAGE OF TOWNS & CITIES: A VISUAL DICTIONARY
By Dhiru A. Thadani / Foreword by Léon Krier / Introduction by Andrés Duany
Hardcover w/jacket / 804 pages / 10” x 10” / 2,500 color illustrations
PRICE: $95.00 US/ $112.00 CAN / £60.00 UK / ISBN: 978-0-8478-3486-0
PUBLICATION DATE: November 2010


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